Lead Clinical Psychologist (Children & Young People)

Job Title: Lead Clinical Psychologist (Children & Young People)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Canterbury
Salary: £50,000 - £70,000
Reference: Ref-LCP1
Contact Name: Louise Simpson
Contact Email:
Job Published: December 20, 2018 16:57

Job Description

The Psicon Group, established in 1998, is comprised of six areas of specialist psychological and health services: Adult Mental Health Services; Child, Young People and Family Services; Community-Based Neurological Rehabilitation Services; Occupational Health Services; Medico-Legal Services; and Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Services. Through these, we provide prompt access to high quality professionals offering consultations, assessments, therapy and rehabilitation.

We value our employees as an integral part of our service delivery and believe in recruiting and investing in the best employees. We pride ourselves in providing our employees with the opportunities and resources to achieve their potential. Our company culture embraces the idea of ‘The Psicon Family’ in which we are open, work collaboratively and support each other.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical psychologist to take an operational leadership role within the Child, Young People and Family Service (CYPFS) at Psicon. This is a key role in a moment of rapid growth and an exciting opportunity for a confident clinical psychologist to influence the emerging structures and processes with support from the Directors, Senior Management, clinical and administrative team.  

As the CYPFS clinical lead, the successful candidate will lead a team of clinical, assistant psychologists and administrators in a variety of clinical settings. This includes child health, looked after children, neurodevelopmental, and direct therapy with young people and their families.  Working with fellow clinical and operational leads from other services across the organisation, the successful candidate will work to ensure that Psicon delivers on its promises to the individuals who use our services. They will demonstrate Psicon’s core values of commitment, trust, integrity and kindness in all of their work with colleagues and clients alike.

Candidates must have excellent clinical skills and a proven record of delivering high quality, evidence-based assessments and interventions to younger people and their families. They will be an experienced supervisor who is motivated by mentoring and developing junior team members.

They will be able to work on high level research projects and supervise the team in the clinical aspects of the projects and collaborate with colleagues in the local university in our current work that is intended for publication.

They will have excellent communication skills and be confident in managing administration support for the service and have immaculate organisational skills along with the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines. They will be flexible, enthusiastic and agile in their approach and thrive in a busy, demanding environment.

They will be motivated by team work and confidently contribute to the wider clinical team. This includes psychiatry, paediatrics, speech and language, occupational therapy as well as other clinical psychologists. They will offer joint work with medical practitioner colleagues and join the clinicians from the Neurodevelopmental Lifespan Service and Post-Adoption Support Service in offering assessments for Autism and ADHD as well as contributing in-depth mental health assessments. 

The role reports to the Director of Children’s Services and the successful candidate will receive clinical supervision from a consultant clinical psychologist.

This is a full-time position (37.5hrs per week), Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. The role is based on the outskirts of Canterbury, with free parking available. The contract will also involve one weekend per month to cover ASD clinics across the South of England (currently in Aldershot) for which the salary is fully inclusive (however travel and accommodation assistance will be provided).

Key Responsibilities

  • Carrying out general and specialist assessments with clients in a range of settings
  • Delivering therapy to individuals and/or family groups
  • Contributing to the wider multi-disciplinary team with individual and joint work
  • Offering indirect clinical work, consultation, training and psycho-education to relevant stakeholders (e.g. social workers, support workers, teachers etc.)
  • Clinical supervision of clinical and assistant psychologists
  • Leadership of a small team of clinical and non-clinical staff in the delivery of KPIs associated with the contracted work.

Experience and Skills

  • Experience in delivering a range of clinical models
  • Highly skilled in engaging young people in a therapeutic environment
  • Eclectic, flexible, dynamic and adaptive approach to clinical work
  • Experience in systemic and cognitive behavioural clinical models
  • Experience of offering clinical supervision
  • Skilled in research methods and experimental design
  • Excellent command of IT and Microsoft software suit
  • Exceptional research and audit skills

Candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to apply in writing by sending their CV to Louise Simpson, HR & Operations Manager via email;

Psicon is committed to adhering to the Equality Act (2010) and offers equal opportunities to applicants, staff and clients from all demographic backrounds.